Cronin a racist – Malema
Youth leader waves race card again
ANC youth leader Julius Malema has brandished the race card at communist leader Jeremy Cronin, accusing him of being a white supremacist.
The ANC Youth League president lashed out at the deputy transport minister after Cronin questioned Malema’s call to nationalise the country’s mines.
Malema said the league did “not need the permission of white political messiahs to think”.
Anti-apartheid struggle veteran Cronin suggested this week that Malema could not rise above sound bites and questioned whether nationalising the mining houses would advance, or damage, far-the reaching transformation of South Africa’s economy and society.
“The impression of a policy being made on the hoof, individualistically, is reinforced by the fact that we are yet to see any serious attempt at a collective policy document on this matter from the ANCYL,” Cronin wrote in an online article on Wednesday.
Malema replied: “Previously, those who look like us were considered intellectually inferior by the white supremacists, and today Comrade Jeremy reflects the same sentiment.”
He asked why Cronin had only become concerned when the league wanted to save blacks from economic imbalances by transferring white wealth through such nationalisation.
The unusually strong statement issued on behalf of the ANC youth leader has been described by one Communist Party official as “definitely not written by Malema”.
The statement described Cronin’s article as “openly reactionary, clothed in quasi-Marxist rhetoric, with potential to make a sorry and sad reflection of the true character of the South African Communist Party’s ideological steadfastness.”
It questioned whether Cronin’s “anti development and counter progress sentiments” represented the SACP. It said that Cronin’s call “is reduced to the ANCYL’s obsession with bling to the extent that we can never think anything developmental, but bling”.
SACP spokesman Malesela Maleka said yesterday the party would “not sink to this level of political and intellectual dishonesty”.
“We find it very strange (that) the ANCYL calls for a debate on the question of nationalisation, yet ... insults those who are taking up the debate,” the SACP said. It described Malema’s response as “Mbeki-era type of insults”.
Cronin was once infamously called a white messiah by the late Dumisani Makhaye, himself notorious for being former president Thabo Mbeki’s henchman, after Cronin criticised the “Zanufication of the ANC”.
Malema, whose resentment of Mbeki is publicly known, has also defended Mbeki recently against the communist league’s call to charge the former president for Aids genocide as the spat between the ANC youth and the communists rages on.
Cronin is the latest in a line of alliance leaders, including ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe and treasurer Mathews Phosa, to be attacked by Malema for criticising his call to nationalise the mines.